Paris: US Secretary of State John Kerry and French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius on Friday laid a wreath in front of the Jewish supermarket where an Islamist gunman killed four people in a hostage siege last week.
The two top diplomats set down the garland of red roses, carnations and white lilies, bearing a white bow with gold trim bearing the words “The United States of America” on a visit by Kerry to pay tribute to the 17 people who died in three days of Islamist attacks in the French capital.
In a bid to contain the damage, Kerry also laid wreath at the office of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, another scene of deadly Islamist attacks last week.
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Kerry said his country shared France`s pain over last week`s Islamist attacks, after a warm embrace with President Francois Hollande who said their countries needed to work together against extremism.
“I know you know that we share the pain and the horror of everything that you went through,” said Kerry as he met with the French leader who, referring to the September 11 attacks on New York said: “We must work together to find the necessary response.”
Kerry`s France visit came after the US was criticised for not sending a top-level representative to a unity march in Paris on Sunday, which drew 1.5 million people and dozens of world leaders in the wake of the attacks.
In the meantime, Kerry told his French counterpart Laurent Fabius that he had been unable to attend the march in Paris because he was on the road.
Kerry said he was in Bulgaria and India.
“That`s why I couldn`t come,” he told Fabius.
Last week`s Islamist attacks in Paris left 17 people dead.
(With AFP inputs)